Like so many of the UK’s trolleybus systems, Brighton’s had a short life. The decision to close it came only 17 years after the first lines opened and five years after the last new trolleys arrived. Diesel double-deckers replaced the last of them within five years of that fateful vote.
Title: Around Brighton by Trolleybus Part 1
Author: Mervyn Stedman
Publisher: Adam Gordon
Speclcation: 300mm x 215mm, 162pp, hardback
None of that can detract from the fondness that many enthusiasts — Mervyn Stedman among them — developed for these electric vehicles, or from the memories they cherish today of them accelerating powerfully, yet quietly up the many hills of what then was a town and today is a city. While the energy that powered them was generated in a coalfired power station that doubtless created its own emission problem, in Stedman’s words the impression at the point of delivery was of buses that were clean and odourless.